Mental health counselor

Zach Engler, MS, LPC, NCC

My Name Is Zach Engler – I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who believes that our mental and emotional well-being is just as important as our physical health; yet is ignored, or put on the back burner, because we do not make the time for it.  

I am a firm believer in the benefits of counseling. Counseling has been a huge part of my life, even going back to my formative years… and I have come to understand first-hand how valuable and productive it is – especially for teenagers and pre-teens.

I love counseling because I see how much good it does in the world. In fact, I love it so much that I will likely never retire from it!

At the end of the day, I’m here to help people in need. That is what drives me.

My Background And

I was born and raised in the Springfield, Missouri area. 

I really enjoyed my time in school and growing up in this area, which is why I decided to settle down and practice here.

I graduated with my Masters Degree in Counseling from Missouri State University in 2016. I also hold a Bachelors Of Science Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Mathematics.

I’ve learned a lot about myself, human nature, and the complexities of our world in my time counseling. Here are some of the most notable experiences that I’ve had thus-far.

I’ve Worked as a Mental Health Counselor at OTC

I really enjoyed working at Ozark Technical Community College as a counselor.

I helped people of all different ages and backgrounds, from young-adults all the way to the elderly. I helped clients with career situations, financial situations, family situations, school situations, home situations, etc.

One thing that really stood out to me during my time at OTC was how important it was to my clients to have someone who would actually sit down with them and listen to them. Having someone to hear them and understand their needs made a huge difference!

I’ve Worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor for Teens

Doing substance abuse counseling with teens really opened up my eyes to a whole new world that I was never exposed to as a teenager.

The teens I met through this program had some pretty tough lives!

The primary goals in this line of work were to teach healthy coping skills, and to teach students a more positive way of doing and thinking about things. It was a very difficult job, but was also very rewarding.

I also see why so many of these children turned to drugs and other substances.

The simple truth of the matter was that many of these children didn’t have better coping mechanisms than drugs! And teaching them healthy coping skills and how to identify and cope with their emotions greatly benefited these teens.

I’ve Worked with At-Risk Teens, Sexual Abuse Victims, and Sexual Perpetrators

I have worked with teens who have been sexually abused. I’ve also worked with teens who struggled with self-harm, and with teens who acted out as sexual perpetrators.

During these experiences, I learned that all of us are human. I learned that, as a counselor, it is my job to look beyond a person’s background and past to see who they are right now.

This helps me to focus on solving problems today, and helping my client to move forward with their life.
This experience also taught me to get out of my comfort zone. In doing so, I made lots of positive progress with these clients, to the point where many of them stopped their self-harming and destructive behavior for good!

I Interned at Drury University as a Counselor

I really enjoyed working with college students while interning at Drury.

College students are definitely at an age where they are still trying to figure out who they are, what career is best for them, etc.

I greatly enjoyed working with these young adults… helping them to plan out their futures piece by piece, from choosing the right degree, to figuring out a career path that would bring them happiness and fulfillment, to helping them with their daily/weekly problems.